Braves, Astros Swap Will Smith for Jake Odorizzi

Astros are buying reliever Will Smith from Braves for starters Jake OdorizziFox 26’s Mark Berman reporting (Twitter link).

Odorizzi has been seen as a possible replacement for the Astros, perhaps at least since he was dropped from the club’s ALDS roster last October. He worked as part of this year’s six-man rotation in Houston, but Lance McCullers Jr. coming out of the season as he recovers from a forearm strain. The 32-year-old Odorizzi has thrown a 3.75 ERA in a dozen appearances for the Astros this year, averaging exactly five innings per game. He’s a ballerina who has never been particularly adept at hitting bats, but he was able to avoid difficult shots this year to produce good results.

It seems that Atlanta’s motivation here is to add veteran depth at the back of their rotation, which includes almost entirely Maximum frying, Kyle Wright, Charlie Morton, Ian Andersonand rookie feeling Spencer Strider. Anderson has struggled with an ERA adjustment of 4.99, while Strider has reached 80 1/3 turns for the season after throwing a career-high 94 last year. Odorizzi’s final outing was seen as a great commercial performance for Houston – seven innings without scoring against the Mariners. Odorizzi injured his leg in May, which kept him out for seven weeks and blistered before the game against Seattle.

Odorizzi’s contract is a factor here. He is making $5 million this year (about $1.79 million still) but will make $500k on 100 plays plus $1 million each at 110, 120, 130 , 140 and 150 plays. Odorizzi is currently sitting at 60 innings, so 120 seems like the ceiling. Odorizzi also has a $6.5 million player option with a $3.25 million buyout, but like Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle explains, “Odorizzi’s player options can max out at $12.5 million and buy back $6.25 million — but only if he’s out in 30 games where he’s scored 12 or more. in the period 2021-22. After Sunday, Odorizzi has 29 such matches in 2021-22″. Given that the pitcher is likely to have at least $3 million at the start of another four innings game, the Astros will benefit both sides to find a more comfortable team for him to hit that threshold and hit get some performance bonus.

Smith, 33 years old, is the top reliever in Free agent class 2019-20. The Braves signed him for three years, worth $40 million, also giving up their second-round draft pick and $500k in international prize money. Smith’s effectiveness declined in Atlanta, as he was frequently hit by long balls and his control was getting worse and worse. He acted as the Braves closer in the 2021 season with acceptable results, but then became a major factor in their post-season streak with 11 goalless innings and six saves. Smith will forever be immortal as the mound pitcher when the Braves won last year.

In March, the Braves signed Kenley Jansen, pushing Smith into the set role. Smith was at one time the Braves’ third-highest leverage reducer this season, but in July he ranked seventh in that regard and was used more in a cleaning role. By Mark Bowman of MLB.comSmith could be the strange man for Atlanta once the veteran reliever Kirby Yates be activated. Smith is making $13 million this year (about $4.6 million left), plus he will owe a $1 million purchase for 2023.

Smith joined a cattle ranch in Houston due to Ryan Pressly, Raphael Montero, Hector Neris, Ryne Stanekand Phil Maton. None of those pitchers threw left-handed, and Southpaw Blake Taylor hit IL in June with elbow inflammation. Smith has never depended on velocity, so it’s possible that a new set of eyes on mechanics and his high-altitude combo, especially given the Astros’ strong reputation in that division, could tune ship.

If Odorizzi ends up with 110-119 plays, the Braves will eventually pay him around $3.3 million in total. In the Smith transaction, Atlanta made a financial commitment of about $5.6 million, so they would “get” $2.3 million in the swap assuming they didn’t include cash in the transaction. Translate. It is also possible that Odorizzi missed 110 innings. In addition to money, this transaction represents each team settling from surplus to better meet its needs.

It was a busy evening for Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos, who also traded for the tiger Robbie Grossman. Similarly, Astros GM James Click went live today before the trading deadline, also adding catcher Christian Vazquez from Boston and the first warrior Trey Mancini from Orioles.

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